Blinks - Montia fontana

Alternative names
Water Blinks

Very variable low to short, straggling plant. Stems are often reddish and the leaves are opposite, narrow-oval and rather succulent. The flowers are inconspicuous small (2 mm) and white.

Identification difficulty

Damp ground, especially where water lies in winter, in marshes and beside water and sometimes submerged. It favours acidic soils.

When to see it

April to October.

Life History

Annual or perennial.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 14 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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